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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

easyTree Re:Congressional-industrial sabotage (127 comments)

Much more lucrative than the less organized organized-crime.

Ho-hum; it's apples and oranges though; when you control the game, you're quids-in.

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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

easyTree Re:pfft, 3.5% overrun (127 comments)

if the 400 million is really the only overrun that's an astonishing record for the federal goverment

The 400 million is the funding they'll need to accurately calculate the overrun.

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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

easyTree Re:According to Wikipedia (127 comments)

All the hot air would destroy the near-vacuum in space?

yesterday
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

easyTree Coca Cola advertise? (109 comments)

Why? Newborns have brand-awareness. What a waste of cash.

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:What?!? (813 comments)

Yep; I just mean that the journey to hell concluded in the distant past.

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (813 comments)

What gives you the impression he was yelling?

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (813 comments)

It is also not stated if his children are infants or teenagers.

Breaking with tradition, I've read TFA...

his sons, ages 6 and 9

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:Customer service? (813 comments)

People can only be treated as helpless subjects of the powers that be for so long before they internalize the attitude

Maybe for you; I reject the idea.

When installing software and are 'forced' to 'agree' to many paragraphs of legalese before the OK button will become clickable, do you tick "I agree" and think "I agree" or do you tick it whilst thinking "I'm only clicking 'I agree' because I've discovered that that's what's necessary to proceed to the next installation-step?"

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:Customer service? (813 comments)

Fuck him, fuck his children, and fuck all you twits who think that you are so
special that the rules don't apply to you.

I'm pretty sure there are conventions about politeness to strangers. So fuck YOU for being impolite :P

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:Customer service? (813 comments)

Ahh, so that's how they do it at SWA; last one on board flies the plane!

That explains the rush to get on...

^_^ :D

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:Customer service? (813 comments)

That's the thing (well, firstly it was a threat to involve the police but, assuming it was 'security' that were to be called...) why is it that 'security' in this context is almost always used ironically?

In almost every case, no security is being provided - merely threat of violence, removal of personal freedom, demonstration of poor reasoning, interpersonal skills...

Why have a large proportion of people in the customer-role been conditioned to use this word?

If the customer had been violent and a threat to others, perhaps 'security' had the opportunity to provider security to other passengers - in this case, I think not.

Let's call them what they are; poorly-paid thugs, present to enforce the will of their employer. Or would that be unkind?

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:Customer service? (813 comments)

Nevertheless, she was using powers granted by the company to enforce her will; from the customer's perspective, SWA was acting to prevent his family-subset from flying.

If she's had said... "unless you delete that tweet, I will not speak to you during the flight" that would have carried less weight and might have been interpreted as personal.

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:What?!? (813 comments)

Have the police now become nothing more than an enforcement organization? Will they attend and enforce the will of whoever calls them first? Does it need to be a business? Is there a membership fee?

Isn't there any remnant of the idea that they are there to enforce....*the law* ? If so, what was the crime which required a their presence?

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:What?!? (813 comments)

Country's going to hell in a handbasket on buttered rails.

Nice of you to copy/paste from the archives.

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

easyTree Re:name and location tweeted... (813 comments)

How does "sycophant" work here?

Any way you want it to; you're soooo awesome.

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Computer models map out fate of Earth after nuclear war...

easyTree For some reason, I'm wondering... (1 comments)

...which global junk-food corporation would be the first to recover and begin/resume provision of nutritionally-poor yet perhaps slightly more appealing than usual junk 'food', given the post-apocalyptic circumstances.

I'm guessing double zombie-burgers would be made of some kinda of artificial substance with zombie flavouring...

4 days ago
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

easyTree Re:Time to get rid of Tor (122 comments)

...demands a payment in Bitcoins".

Seriously? way to reduce your pool of potential customers to those who know how to make a payment in BitCoin.

Is this is an ad for BitCoin?

5 days ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

easyTree Re:Do Business in the US? (749 comments)

Too bad you didn't have a sufficiently compelling retort.

about two weeks ago

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Why is SlashDot serving 480x400 'ads' claiming 'drivers are out of date' ?

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about 3 months ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "It's not enough that these are blatantly a malware delivery vector but they are HUGE and placed above the site's navigation bar, thus pushing the site itself so far down the page as to be almost off the screen when the site load.

Seriously? This makes the whole beta thing pale into insignificance.

Also, the poor grammar is making my eyes hurt. The least you could do is to take some basic style-tips on use of capitalization within your trojan-delivery ads — it would make them OH so much more appealing.

Thanks."

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Cardiff City Council sets new low

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 4 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "

At little more than the length of a single bicycle, the £2,000 road marking has left cyclists in Cardiff bemused. The feature, thought to be the shortest cycle lane in Britain, has been installed to encourage green transport. Cardiff Council claims that it will help riders safely navigate a turn on a new road layout. But riders in the city say the brevity of the red and white marked stretch of road renders it pointless. Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

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a day out with the police

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about 6 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "Today (Well, Monday) I wrote my first blog entry ( http://easytreeblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/day-out-with-police.html ). Or rather it started as almost a personal diary-entry describing my unexpected day out with the police, to be used as a reference point for later.

My question to slashdot is.. What should I do?

On the one hand.. It could have been worse
On the other, why let it happen to someone else?

Could I make a difference by speaking-out? Should I feel obligated to? Am I a whiney little bitch and should learn to love it?
Note: starts slowly..."

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Ordinary people are second-class citizens

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree writes "Most of us might be under the illusion that justice is something which should be accessible to all, equally. Apparently not so:

Det Chief Insp Paul Maghie from Hertfordshire police's Crime Management Department says "The police will never give up efforts to find anybody on the run, but this case was particularly important because it was one of our own officers and we felt justice had not been done."


Just when was it that police officers became more important than the ordinary members of the public that they've sworn to protect? More generally, should we be concerned about our changing relationship with the many organizations originally set-up to grease the wheels of society?"

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